A common misconception among many technical writers is that the only jobs available are those posted on job boards and company websites. The truth is that many companies already have a pool of freelance technical writers that they call upon when they happen to need an annual report or abstract. These companies did not advertise for these writers; the writers came to them. Cold calling is when you contact a business to offer your services without being asked or encouraged by that business to do so, and it's a technique many technical writers have used to secure more clients. The term "cold call" will be used in this article, but keep in mind you can also contact companies through email as well.
Last Updated: 05/05/2014